June 12, 2013
Bruno Bartoletti, an orchestra conductor who was associated with the Lyric Opera of Chicago for a half-century and who championed modern opera as well as classic works, died Sunday in his native Tuscany, a day before his 87th birthday. The Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, where the maestro had served as artistic director from 1985 until 1991, said Mr. Bartoletti died at a Florence hospital after a long illness. In a career that saw Mr. Bartoletti conduct well into his 80s - he directed Giacomo Puccini's Manon Lescaut at Florence's Teatro Comunale in February 2011 - he served as the first music director of Chicago's Lyric Opera, starting as guest conductor there in 1956, when he was relatively unknown.
June 1, 2013 |
CHICAGO - A Lebanese immigrant was sentenced Thursday to 23 years in prison for placing a backpack he believed contained a powerful bomb along a bustling city street near the Chicago Cubs' baseball stadium. Sami Samir Hassoun's sentencing in federal court in Chicago came little more than a month after bombs concealed in backpacks exploded at the Boston Marathon, killing three people and wounding hundreds more. In imposing the sentence, the judge invoked the specter of the Boston Marathon, saying had Hassoun's bomb been real, it would have made Boston look like a minor incident by comparison.
May 28, 2013
Bryan Bickell scored a go-ahead goal early in the third period and the Chicago Blackhawks held on to beat the host Detroit Red Wings, 4-3, in Game 6 on Monday night, giving the NHL's top-seeded team a shot to advance to the Western Conference finals. The Blackhawks, who trailed the second-round series, three games to one, began the third period down by one and were up by two goals midway through the period after an offensive flurry. They needed the cushion because Damien Brunner scored with 52 seconds left to pull Detroit within one. The Red Wings pulled their goaltender but were unable to score.
May 23, 2013 |
CHICAGO - The Chicago Board of Education voted yesterday to close 50 schools and programs, an ambitious plan that has sparked protests and lawsuits and could help define - for better or worse - Mayor Rahm Emanuel's term in office. City officials say the closings are necessary because of falling school enrollment and as part of their efforts to improve the city's struggling education system. "The only consideration for us today is to do exactly what is right for the children," schools chief executive Barbara Byrd-Bennett said before the board's vote.
May 21, 2013 |
THE YOUNG Detroit Red Wings have made the mighty Chicago Blackhawks look vulnerable, beating them two straight times to gain an advantage in their last playoff matchup as Western Conference rivals. Gustav Nyquist and Drew Miller scored 31 seconds apart midway through the second period and Pavel Datsyuk restored a two-goal lead in the third to help Detroit beat visiting Chicago, 3-1, last night and take a 2-1 lead in the second-round series. As good as the Red Wings have looked - scoring six straight goals to earn momentum in the series - their hard-driving coach isn't ready to celebrate.
May 19, 2013
Saturday at 7:30 p.m., PPL Park TV: TCN Records: Fire, 2-6-1; Union, 4-4-3. Fire on the road: 0-3-1; Union at home: 1-2-2. Goals for: Fire 6; Union 14 Goals against: Fire 15; Union 18 Last MLS outing: The Fire lost to the visiting Union, 1-0, on May 11. The Union lost, 4-1, to the visiting Los Angeles Galaxy on Wednesday About the Fire: Maicon Santos leads the Fire with two goals. . . . Midfielder-forward Chris Rolfe has one goal and a team-high 25 shots.
May 14, 2013 |
JACK McINERNEY scored his seventh goal and Zac MacMath earned a shutout as the Union defeated the host Chicago Fire, 1-0, on Saturday. "Every game you know you are going to have to make saves to keep your team in it, especially on the road when you are trying to get the shutout," MacMath said. "We have to do the same things going forward that we did today, which was fighting, having heart even when things aren't pretty. The guys stayed together. We didn't quit and as a result we got the three points.
May 4, 2013
Saturday at 8 p.m., Allstate Arena, Rosemont, Ill. Records: Soul, 2-3; Rush, 4-2. About the Soul: These teams haven't played since 2011, when Chicago defeated the Soul, 62-28. . . . The Soul's defense is tied for fifth in the Arena Football League with an average of 263 yards allowed per game. However, the defense allowed more than 50 points in all three losses. . . . The Soul rank second in average fewest rushing yards allowed, at 17.6 per game, and have allowed the fewest rushing touchdowns in the league, three.